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Jim Geist: New COO Joins Skagit Regional Health

Jim Geist joined Skagit Regional Health on Monday, Jan. 16 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, taking the position previously held by President and Chief Executive Officer Mike Liepman.

Jim comes to SRH from Capital Medical Center in Olympia, where he served as Chief Executive Officer. Originally from Minnesota, Jim’s career has taken him to Texas, Georgia, Kentucky, West Virginia, Arizona, New Mexico and California. Skagit Regional Health is the tenth organization where he has held a position in administration, starting in finance and moving into operations over the course of his career.

Jim’s approach is one of collaboration and building relationships to solve problems, advance good ideas and provide excellence in patient care.

“My approach is to embrace collaboration among all who provide patient care, from the front line staff to directors, the administrative team, physicians, the board and the community,” he said. Jim spends time rounding in patient care areas, has an open door policy and describes his communications style as “very transparent and open.” He plans to spend time at the Skagit and Cascade Valley campuses.

“I like to get up and walk the floors, meet with docs and staff, formally and informally,” he said.
The move to Skagit Regional Health was a positive one for many reasons, he said, noting Skagit Regional Health is a larger system and a Public Hospital District and is located in a beautiful part of the state.

“I see this as a dynamic health care system serving several great communities,” Geist said. “It’s very exciting for me to come work for a public hospital district with two hospitals and a large provider group, where the decisions are all made by the team locally.”

Jim and his wife, Rachael, have a five-year-old daughter, Maya, who is in preschool. They all enjoy the outdoors, including hiking, biking, skiing, riding motorcycles and wheeling in their Jeep.

“We have heard such fabulous things about Skagit County, the community, and the great quality of life,” he said. “We know we will love it here.”